Lydia Pinto | Photo: New York Post
‘The victim further reported that the relationship turned sexual when the victim was between the ages of 14 to 15 and continued until the victim’s senior year of high school’
For the Bridgewater-Raritan High School former teacher, Lydia Pinto, 38, this is not the best of time.
Pinto, a gym teacher, had been arrested and charged on November 8, 2023, for first degree aggravated sexual assault and second degree sexual assault for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a student for four years, per the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into Pinto’s conduct on October 16 after the Bridgewater Police Department received an anonymous email detailing Pinto’s alleged relationship with the student, according to Fox News.
She was arrested without incident and subsequently released on November 15, 2023 Somerset County Jail officials told Fox News Digital.
Fox News reports that the victim, now an adult, was identified and interviewed by detectives with the office’s sex crimes and child abuse unit on October 26, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald wrote Friday in a press statement.
“The victim reported engaging in a relationship with former teacher, Lydia Pinto,” the release read.
“The victim further reported that the relationship turned sexual when the victim was between the ages of 14 to 15 and continued until the victim’s senior year of high school.”
Lydia Pinto coached girls’ lacrosse and field hockey and also taught driver’s education classes at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
The sexual activity all took place in the Raritan Borough, the prosecutor said.